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Meta Information

Meta information means “information about information.”

In HTML, meta tags describe the content of the document in which they’re written. Meta tags have two possible attributes:
<META HTTP-EQUIV="name" CONTENT="content">
and
<META NAME="name" CONTENT="content">
. Meta tags with an
HTTP-EQUIV
attribute are analogous to
HTTP
headers that can control the action of browsers. Meta tags with a
NAME
attribute are used primarily by indexing and searching tools. These tools can gather meta information in order to sort and classify web pages. One way to help your document show up more frequently in search engines and directories is to use the
META NAME
attribute to set keywords that will pull up your site when someone does a search for those words.